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why i love old cars
Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: May 10, 2018 07:30PM

I shared a quick story on facebook tonight, its the biggest reason I love old cars, the story behind them and how they lasted so many years. I have been helping with youth football in the neighboring town and would pass a older home with a little car awning out front. I noticed what I thought was a Chevy van, the model that replaced the Corvair.

I was excited I wanted to put it in our newsletter with the history and how it had the Corvair instrument cluster and what not! So I mailed a letter with our newsletter stating my intentions so as not to intrude by just going up and knocking.

Well today I got a call saying "Come on by, but its not a chevy its a ford". Well I am not partial to anything old as dirt so I said heck yeah Im headin there.

This thing is a 65' Econo van 3 on the tree and all American steel! Oh man its just the coolest thing. SO one owner and he owned and maintained a couple of local laundry mats. This was his repair truck and the hand written notes inside along with the hitch outlet where he would test washer motors before installing! I just loved the story of this thing. Even has vending machine tumbler locks in the doors, AND they work! He even constructed the awning it now sits under from scrap steel and his welder.

Sadly he passed last year at the age of 98. His daughter who I talked with said he loved that old van and when he got to where he wasnt able to drive on the main street he would drive it in the yard just because he missed driving it so much.

He sounded like someone I could of really hung around with.

















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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 10, 2018 07:33PM

Pretty decent shape! Lots of stories like that...





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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: May 10, 2018 07:36PM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Pretty decent shape! Lots of stories like
> that...


It has its dings but its not rusted anywhere I could see. I love everything is quarter inch steel

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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: fred bagnall ()
Date: May 10, 2018 07:57PM

I have a friend in Florida that used to have one. Olive drab green with a 3 on the tree. Good little surf van with a Kraco 8 track player. Fun times, Thanks for posting.


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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: May 10, 2018 08:55PM

Neat story with that one Cole. Brings up an old memory I have. A friend of mine from high school (class of 78) used to have a Chev. van from the mid 60s (not a Corvair). He of course had it all decked out/campered out. IT HAD A CORVAIR SPYDER DASH. Thanks for reminding me of that.
I wonder if that old rear bumper sticker was for HW?

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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: May 11, 2018 06:12AM

I bought one of those back in 1980 in an auction. Still filled with telephone company racks and parts. I had it about half way restored when I got transferred to Brazil, and had to sell it.

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Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: May 11, 2018 09:53AM

A perfect example of how nut's and bolt's vehicles were. The Ford and Dodge being more of a standard design than the Corvair FC.
Yep.... me too! Love old car's.

Corventure Dave

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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: Seth Emerson ()
Date: May 11, 2018 09:57AM

The Van was a little less prone to this, but could still do it!

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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: May 15, 2018 05:50PM

Well I’m working on something with the van. May be handed the torch to keep it going.

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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: vairchet ()
Date: May 15, 2018 06:32PM

Some Ford Econoline vans were factory equipped with four speed on the column.

Interior photo of a 1964 Chevy G10:

Chet in Ramona

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Posted by: geezer43 ()
Date: May 16, 2018 09:48AM

Nice find. The dental assistant who cleans my teeth has about a 63 Econoline with windows all around and a loud yellow paint scheme. It is 3 on a tree and a 170 C.U. inch Ford six. Runs and drives well, it is his primary vehicle. I would not mind owning it.

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Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: May 16, 2018 11:50AM

vairchet Wrote:
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> Some Ford Econoline vans were factory equipped
> with four speed on the column.
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> Interior photo of a 1964 Chevy G10:

That brings back some memories, I had a 65 for many years actually until 77. Other than porpoising, it was a tough little truck.

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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: larry cooper ()
Date: May 17, 2018 07:31PM

I hope a number of you read the article I submitted to Hemming Classic Car magazine October issue. I have loved old cars since I was 5 years (yes 5 years) old. Not included in that article was my memory of a 1908 Glide my dad had and I remember climbing all over it - at that time the car did not run, but it was a right hand drive with hand levers on the outside of the car. the engine was cast in 2 cylinders as I remember it was a 6 cylinder. Now my jewel is a ground up, restored 1949 Studebaker PU with a later Studebaker V8 engine and A/T. I have a restored '54 Studebaker Commander Hard Top. also a 1972 El Camino which I have owned since it was 6 months old,also a '60 Rambler American (one of the few with a continental spare),'62 Nash Metropolitan (last year made) with a Pinto engine and C3 A/T, now working on a '61 Corvair Monza, I do love old cars. Larry Cooper

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Posted by: jmaechtlen ()
Date: May 17, 2018 09:22PM

Dad had an Econo pickup, maybe 63?
Had small motor (144), heavy duty suspension (sway bars and 9" rear axle)
and the 4-on the tree.
That was the worst gearing setup I've ever heard of - sports car close ration trans, so the low wasn't very low, even with 4.5(?) rear end.
Of course no overdrive, so there was no highway performance.

The 144 died and he had a 170 short block put in. Years later I gave it a 3.5 rear end and C4 automatic. That made it a decent vehicle.

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Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: May 26, 2018 05:54AM

So update on the van. I am going to be its next owner it seems. We came upon a agreement and she is very excited I am going to get her dad's old van back on the road.

Nothing is shocking just a car that sat for awhile. I will be doing brakes, full tune up, fuel system cleaning and fluid changes including the radiator.

I dont see any reason it will not run though. One thing I do need to source is the bushings for the column shifter. It seems to have some slop. Anyone know much about fords here?



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Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 26, 2018 07:00AM

Get rid of that fuelpump next to the Distributor!





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Re: why i love old cars
Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: May 26, 2018 07:49AM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Get rid of that fuelpump next to the Distributor!


Sadly that’s where it goes! I may go electric at some point.

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Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 26, 2018 07:55AM

Many did in the 60's Fire!





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Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: May 26, 2018 08:00AM

MattNall Wrote:
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> Many did in the 60's Fire!


Also will be replacing the metal fuel line from pump to carb along with any rubber lines.

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Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 26, 2018 08:08AM

That's even worse!

Metal line tends to crack on the inline 6's

Rubber can burst....

Keep fuel on the other side of engine..





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